Alison Kuo

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A Secret History Mapped in the Mundane   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Bradford Kessler at 247365 Gallery - Manhattan June 22nd, 2014 - August 24th, 2014
Posted 7/28/14
Bradford Kessler’s cut-out panels coated in a paint-like sealant called hydroflex are not quite paintings or sculptures. Neither do they seem to be of the crowd that questions the nature of painting using sculptural methods (to name a few practitioners: Jacob Kassay, Nathan Green, Lisa Sigal, and Kenji Fujita). So what are they? They are weird and maybe boring, but boring in a way that hangs out at the edge of one’s consciousness for days. They are like a child’s bed set, retired to the curb... [more]
Al's Grand Hotel and Public Fiction Bring LA Hospitality to Randall's Island   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Frieze New York May 9th, 2014 - May 12th, 2014
Posted 5/7/14
A lucky few attendees of this year’s Frieze New York Art Fair will be spending the night on Randall’s Island as a part of Frieze Projects’ re-staging of , a work from 1971 in which the LA artist Allen Ruppersberg ran a fully functioning hotel out of a converted home on the Sunset Strip. This is the first, and maybe only time for the art fair to keep overnight guests, and in order to do so they have arranged for a dedicated bathroom and shower, extra security, and an ambulance on standby. Guests... [more]
Lowbrow Stuff in a Vitrine   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Andy Coolquitt at Lisa Cooley January 31st, 2014 - March 9th, 2014
Posted 2/24/14
It's as if the artwork decamped from the gallery and took refuge amongst the luxury wares in the nearby designer outlet. I probably would not have noticed Andy Coolquitt’s installation in Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s hip boutique if I hadn’t been looking for it. The work’s prolix title, , suggests this Texas based artist has had enough high culture, and indeed it looks like he may have scavenged a thrift shop to build his installation. no I didn’t go to any museums here... is the first of a series of... [more]
The Critical Jokester   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
James Ulmer at Beginnings — July 3rd, 2013 - July 28th, 2013
Posted 7/23/13
Humans have a tendency to anthropomorphize the world around us—from pets in sunglasses, and cacti with bulging eyes, to building facades whose mouths swing open. We also like to draw, to represent the world on paper. These impulses are given full energy in James Ulmer’s current show, , though it is hard to tell if he has distilled once complex images into pictograms, or if he has instilled irregular shapes with the diverse personalities of a cast of characters. Seventeen densely populated... [more]